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The annual Ursid meteor shower peaks near the time of the winter solstice. They are generally easier to see in the more northerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, it will have to compete with city lights and the Moon this year, so I’m not sure his year I will see any meteors.

Meteor showers take their names from the constellations hat they appear to come from (radiant point). The Little Dipper asterism is in the constellation Ursa Minor, the smaller She-Bear or Lesser Bear, gives us the Ursid meteor shower name.

These are not prolific showers and that waxing gibbous moon all night makes the predawn hours better than night. The peak is predicted to be before dawn on December 23.


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